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Scott Nahodil of Loudon caught this 20-pound lake trout on Lake Winnisquam last weekend while ice fishing. (Courtesy Photo)

Scott Nahodil of Loudon caught this 20-pound lake trout on Lake Winnisquam last weekend while ice fishing. (Courtesy Photo)

 

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Sen. Hosmer urges action on drug crisis

By MICHAEL KITCH

LACONIA DAILY SUN

 

CONCORD — "Every day we wait, we're going to lose more people," said state Sen. Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia), who yesterday urged his fellow lawmakers to take timely action and make needful investments to address the scourge of drug addiction.

Hosmer, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, thanked Senators Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) and Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) for introducing legislation to establish drug courts throughout the state and a grant program to strengthen efforts to curb drug trafficking, both of which were heard by the committee this week.

However, Hosmer said he was troubled that Sen. Chuck Morse (R-Salem), the president of the Senate, asked how the committee could proceed without knowing how to fund the two programs. Some $3 million would be required to operate drug courts in the ten counties for the remainder of the current biennium, while another $1.9 million would fund grants to law enforcement agencies. After expressing his concerns, Morse assured the committee that a way would be found to fund the two initiatives.

"We've got the resources to do this," Hosmer insisted, explaining that the last fiscal year ended with a surplus of $62 million and revenues are running $37 million ahead of projections in the current fiscal year. Likewise, he discounted concerns among Republican legislators that the so-called "lapses," or monies appropriated but not spent in the last fiscal year, have not been reported. "We have the money, we know the cost of the programs," he said, "but Republican anxieties about last year's budget lapse are preventing us from moving forward." He said that "to blame any delay on nonexistent budgetary anxieties is political gamesmanship at its worst."

Beyond establishing drug courts and strengthening law enforcement, Hosmer emphasized the need to expand capacity for the treatment and recovery of addicts.

"Drug courts or recovery courts work, but only where there is an infrastructure for treatment and recovery, including intensive outpatient treatment," he said.

Referring to the recovery court operated by Judge Jim Carroll of the Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Hosmer said "We have great people doing their very best and to keep them going we need to make investments to support that work. No cost is too high to save the lives of Granite Staters."

Hosmer said that the Senate Finance Committee will return to the two bills, which were among the recommendations of the Joint Task Force for the Response to the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic in New Hampshire and fast-tracked by the Legislature.

Ted Danson campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Laconia

 

Ted Danson reminisced about his 11 seasons as Sam “Mayday” Malone, the owner of “Cheers,” with three avid fans of the show. From left are Robert Schepis, Brendan Wallace and Steve Saucieris, all of whom are campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Boston. A longtime friend of the Clintons, Danson spent yesterday on the campaign trail, which included a stop in Laconia. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)

Ted Danson reminisced about his 11 seasons as Sam “Mayday” Malone, the owner of “Cheers,” with three avid fans of the show. From left are Robert Schepis, Brendan Wallace and Steve Saucieris, all of whom are campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Boston. A longtime friend of the Clintons, Danson spent yesterday on the campaign trail, which included a stop in Laconia. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)

 

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — The regional office of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign on Court Street became a place "where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came" when Ted Danson, who played Sam Malone in the celebrated sit-com "Cheers," dropped in to lend support to his longtime friend's campaign.
"Pour me Sam Adams," someone shouted as Danson stepped through the door.
Danson said he has been a close friend of the Clintons for the past 22 years, his wife, the actress Mary Steenburgen, grew up in Arkansas and won an Oscar during Bill Clinton's first term as governor. Danson recalled that her father heard the governor speak of her success and told him "If you're going to talk about my daughter, you should meet her." The Clintons and Steenburgen quickly became best friends. Danson said he first met the Clintons when he and Steenburgen were courting and she took him to the White House to win the approval of her friends, and the couple married in 1995. The President walked the bride down the aisle.
Danson signed autographs and posed for photographs while sharing memories of "Cheers" with fans, including three campaign workers from the Boston office who drove to Laconia for his signature on their memorabilia.
Danson described Clinton as the "hardest working, best prepared candidate for president" and "the kindest, most loyal, trustworthy person I know." He said that "everything she has done in her life has prepared her to run the business of America."